Weekend Away: Bristol

To mark the start of Joe having two weeks off we treated ourselves to a night away. Joe’s family friend was playing a gig in cute little pub in Bristol so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to get a night away and have a little city break.

Described as more of a collection of villages rather than a city, Bristol makes for a vibrant weekend break. With a fiercely growing independent music scene, famous street art and evolving foodie reputation, Bristol is definitely a city not to be missed. It’s very easy to get about on foot making it incredibly pushchair friendly and there is plenty for all the family to do.

A local record company known as Breakfast Records were holding an”All Day Breakfast” gig in the newly opened White Rabbit pub. They hold events all over the city and celebrate the local talent. They even release their artists work onto cassettes you can purchase! Joe’s friend’s band ‘Green Hands’ were up first which was perfect timing with a baby as it wasn’t too busy and not too late either. The White Rabbit pub is adorned with street art inspired rabbit illustrations and has the cutest garden terrace. The pizza and paninis they have on offer are on point and it is the perfect location for a lazy weekend pint!

Since it was an “all day breakfast” event, the pub put on breakfast pizzas especially for the event. Strange but oh so good!

As we knew we were going to a live gig we purchased ear defenders for Ted beforehand off Amazon – I seriously don’t know what I would do without that website! How cute does he look in them? They started to get a bit heavy for his head by the end of the gig so he ended up resting it on us but it’s worth it to not hurt his hearing!

There is loads of live music going on around the city and I would really recommend checking out some of the local bands if you happen to stumble across any events happening. You never know…they could be the next big thing. I thought I would put together a little list of other things to do whilst in Bristol that are good for all the family!

See: Street Art

The weekend we were visiting was also the weekend of the much talked about Upfest. This is where street artists paint live at certain locations around the city.  Each of the venues becomes a painting or music venue for the festival weekend, where visitors can chat to artists while they create their pieces.

As part of Mr Men Little Miss’ 45th anniversary celebrations, the team behind some of the most famous books and characters have teamed up with Upfest and Bristol’s much loved graffiti artist, Cheo to introduce a new member of the Mr Men family, Mr Graff.

Do: Where The Wall Street Art Tour 

It’s 2 hours of street art brilliance where you’ll see some of the city’s most incredible urban artwork, including Banksy – obviously! The tour is led by John Nation, a Bristol graffiti godfather who worked with a young Banksy and who is still friends with the artist today.

We obviously had to go Banksy spotting while we were visiting. Would be wrong not to!

Eat: Pieminister

There’s a pie with your name on it waiting at Pieminister in Stokes Croft. Pieminster makes a great lunchtime pitstop or dinner joint. Its sleek, industrial interior is comfy, rather than cosy; this is tradition done with a distinctly modern crust. Choose your pie, gravy, and side – they have the best Mac and Cheese – just  don’t think about the calories…especially when you look at the dessert pies they do too!

I had seen this place recommended all over Instagram and , since Joe is a pie fan, I knew it was a must visit spot. It was said that it gets very busy on the weekend so you should book online yet we didn’t find this to be the case – I don’t know whether people in Bristol eat later but going at a family appropriate time (around six) meant we didn’t have to book! I would say that if you are going out with really young children to go earlier on as, later at night, the area can turn into more of a partying scene – great if you are into that but not that great with littles about.

Do: Bristol Zoo

If you are looking for fun for all the family then Bristol Zoo really is the place. I didn’t get chance to visit it this time but from my previous visit, I couldn’t recommend it enough. With loads of interactive enclosures and stands around the zoo, the inner child in you will be bursting to come out. You can even arrange to spend the night in the zoo’s Lodge!

Visit: Harbourside 

Head down to Bristol’s waterfront – it’s buzzing with independent shops, hip cafes, and cool museums. When the sun is out, no one can resist the chance to chill and chat by the water’s edge. You can jump on a boat ride here, sip on a beverage or just wander along the cobbles soaking up the relaxed vibe. I would strongly recommend a visit to The Watershed which is super family friendly and open for breakfast right until the late hours of the night.

Visit: The Clifton Suspension Bridge

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864, five years after he died, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a must-do for a weekend in Bristol. It is also a must see whilst the city’s annual Balloon Fiesta is taking place. This year the festival starts on Thursday the 11th of August and goes on all over the weekend. Mass flights going up every morning and evening and I can only just imagine how amazing it all must look from the Bridge.


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